Rolex Rolco Tonneau 9ct c1930

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SKU: VGW Reference: R1620 Category:
  • 100% Genuine & All Original
  • Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
  • All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
  • A Beautifully Well Cared For And Completely Original Example
  • Complete with Blued Steel ‘Stick’ Hands and Subsidiary Seconds Dial
  • High Grade Rolex Rolco 15 Jewel Hand-Wound Movement in Wonderful Condition
  • Superb 9ct Solid Gold Rolex ‘Tonneau’ Case, 28mm x 28mm Excl. the Unsigned Crown
  • Original, Unrestored and Untouched Off-White Dial with Mixed Hour Indices
  • High Quality Brown Leather Strap & Rolex Gold-Plated Buckle
  • VGWL 12 Months Written Warranty Included*
  • Rolex Presentation Box Included, as Shown
  • VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
  • Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
  • Free UK Special Delivery


A wonderful, 9ct yellow gold vintage Rolex Rolco gentleman’s dress watch in wonderful condition from c1930.  At 28mm x 28mm excluding the correct unsigned crown, this is a good sized watch for this period. This watch has the high grade Rolex Rolco 15 Jewel hand-wound movement along with the unique 9ct yellow gold tonneau case.

The Dial

The original, unrestored and untouched off-white dial is in wonderful condition as are the beautiful blued steel ‘index’ hands which make this dial very easy to read. These are original and are an outstanding feature of this watch. The dial also carries attractive black Standard Arabic numerals at ‘3 – 6 – 9 – 12’, framed perfectly by an outer minutes track, all completed with a subsidiary seconds dial at 6.

The dial is simply signed ‘Rolex’ at the very top of the dial below 12.

As this dial is in original, unrestored condition, this has been left untouched by our restoration team due to its superb condition. Usually, we restore the dials of the watches we sell, however we decided in this case to leave it alone, due to its unusual condition and to retain its originality and charm for those who prefer this. It also helps to contrast with almost all of the other watch dials you see on our website, which have been restored. The hands, likewise, have also been left in their original untouched condition.

Please note, studio lights, professional-grade digital cameras, and macro lenses can be very unkind to an unrestored vintage watch dial. Also the dial here measures less than 1.25 inches across, so the image you’re seeing may be between 5 – 25 times larger than the watch itself. Therefore please keep in mind you are seeing many tiny flaws which cannot be seen, or will be very hard to see with the naked eye, even under close examination. Suffice to say, on the wrist, in natural light, this dial looks much better and carries a great deal more charm than the photographs portray.

The Movement

The high grade Rolex Rolco, 15 Jewel, hand-wound movement is in incredibly clean and sparkling condition and has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our expert vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker.

Rolex went to considerable lengths and expense to ensure its smaller series movements perform equally as well as its larger gents Precision movements. These are high precision movements and the example here is running perfectly, having been calibrated to run consistently within plus or minus 14 seconds per day! This is excellent for any small mechanical watch and is no exaggeration – we have checked and confirmed the test results on our electronic watch timegrapher. This movement also has an excellent power reserve of 44 hours when fully wound.

The movement is signed ‘Rolco’, ‘Swiss Made’ and ‘15 Fifteen Rubies’. This particular movement is in beautiful condition and with similar care and regular servicing, say every 3 to 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to continue to run very happily for another 50+ years! We are therefore totally confident in offering this watch with our 12 months’ written warranty*.

*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.

The Case

The beautiful 9ct yellow gold case is in superb condition with no scratches or dings or marks visible to the naked eye. It is of a large size, compared with typical case sizes of the day, and measures 28mm in width excluding the crown, 28mm in height excluding the lugs, 34mm diagonal across the case and 38mm diagonal including the lugs.

This tonneau example in 9ct yellow gold, is a nice example, in truly outstanding condition. The multiple curves and lines of the case design are simply sublime. Almost organic, face to face it is a work of art, in the same way a beautiful car can be. This is a three-piece design, but from every angle on the wrist, it looks like it was hewn from a single solid piece.

Inside the case is found ‘Rolex’, ‘25 World Records’ along with ‘9C’ for 9ct gold and the case serial number 29654.

As ever, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap & Buckle

A high quality brown leather strap is fitted along with a Rolex gold-plated buckle. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. We can also obtain most types and colours from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of straps here.

Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to c1930.

Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than 100% genuine, authentic and original, a full refund will be given at any time”.

This watch comes complete with a Rolex presentation box, as shown in the photographs.

If you would like to pay by bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.

Please check the import duties and any taxes your government may apply, these are different for each country and unfortunately out of our control.

We understand there may be some ‘loopholes’ that may help you avoid these charges, however attempting to use these could impact our ongoing ability to serve our growing international customer base.

For those that happen to visit the UK on occasion we are of course more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and deliver your watch directly to you there.

As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy.

In Conclusion

This beautiful vintage 9ct yellow gold Rolex Rolco is in superb condition and also from horology’s most famous name. It will provide an excellent financial investment as well as be something to wear, treasure and enjoy and make the perfect evening wear dress watch as well as a practical, highly accurate and reliable timepiece to use on an everyday basis. Although this is one of our more expensive watches, its quality will be remembered for long after its purchase price will be forgotten.

A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post-sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We, therefore, consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.

Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.

We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.

If you have any questions please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.

Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.

Thank you.

Vendor Information

  • Store Name: Vintage Gold Watches London Ltd
  • Vendor: Vintage Gold Watches London Ltd
  • Address: Kensington Pavilion
    96 Kensington High Street
    W8 4SG
    United Kingdom (UK)
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